EMILIANO Sala’s sister has attacked “evil” ghouls who took photos of his body during a post-mortem.
Romina Sala said her family was devastated after images of her brother’s body leaked onto Instagram days after his remains were recovered from the English Channel.
Sala, 28, had just signed for Cardiff City when the plane he was travelling in crashed into the English Channel, north of Guernsey, on January 21.
A CCTV company director, Sherry Bray, 49, and Christopher Ashford, 62, are to be sentenced for illegally accessing footage of Sala’s body in the mortuary.
On Friday, a victim impact statement from Argentina-based Ms Sala was read to Swindon Crown Court.
Ms Sala said: “I have seen photos of Emiliano’s body leaked on Instagram, and I cannot believe there are people so wicked and evil who could do that.
“I tried to keep images off social networks. My mother could not see those horrible photos.
“I was sad as people were making jokes about it.I’ll never erase the images from my head. My brother and mother can never forget about this.”
She added: “It’s hard for me to live with this image.”
His body was recovered on February 6 and a post-mortem examination took place at Bournemouth Borough Mortuary the following day.
Sherry Bray, 49, the director of Camera Security Services Limited in Chippenham, Wiltshire, and her employee Christopher Ashford, 62, accessed footage of the procedure being conducted on Mr Sala.
They replayed the clip before Bray took a picture of it on her mobile phone and sent it to a family member on Facebook Messenger, leading to it being widely shared on social media.
After realising that police were investigating, Bray deleted the file from her phone and asked Ashford to do the same.
Evidence from Bray’s phone also revealed that she had taken a picture of another body in the mortuary, a man called Andrew Latchem who had previously died in non-suspicious circumstances.
Bray, of Corsham, and Ashford, of Calne, each admitted three counts of computer misuse at Swindon Crown Court in August.
Bray also admitted perverting the course of justice by instructing Ashford to “delete your pics”, deleting the post-mortem cameras from the live feed camera facility and deleting the mortuary image of Mr Sala from her phone.
Speaking after the guilty pleas, Detective Inspector Gemma Vinton, of Wiltshire Police, said Mr Sala’s family, who live in Argentina, had been kept fully updated.
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She said they had been “significantly impacted at what was already a difficult and traumatic time for them”.
Anthony Johns, of the Crown Prosecution Service, described the actions of Bray and Ashford as “truly appalling”.
They will be sentenced later on Friday afternoon.
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